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LLAMA NATURE HIKE at Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary on April 20

<h3><a href="https://www.cvhfoundation.org/event/llama-nature-hike-2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">LLAMA NATURE HIKE</a> at Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary,&nbsp;8 Commerce Road in Newtown</h3><p>April 20th / 3 sessions 11:30 - 12:30 / 1:00 - 2:00 (this session is full) / 2:30 - 3:30<em> Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary </em></p><p><span class="ql-cursor"></span>Back by popular demand, our Llama Nature Hikes provide an unforgettable adventure you’ll cherish for a lifetime! Now’s your chance to meet and interact with Argentinian, Bolivian, Chilean &amp; Peruvian Llamas from Rowanwood Farm. Llamas are specially trained to be your walking companion, following alongside you through the sanctuary trails with their heightened awareness of the environment. Not only that but our knowledgeable guides will share the history, wildlife, and plants of the area while also explaining how llamas interact with their environment and herd. The sanctuary’s LLama Nature Hikes offer a unique perspective of the natural world, highlighting the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of preserving our environment. Plus, it’s just fun! So, join us for an incredible event and a rare opportunity to spend one-on-one time with these amazing creatures in a stunning environment!</p><p><em>Limited to 8 guests per session $45 per person.</em></p><p>Register <a href="https://www.cvhfoundation.org/event/llama-nature-hike-2" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.cvhfoundation.org/event/llama-nature-hike-2/</a></p><p><br></p>

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Amazing Amphibians & Radical Reptiles on April 12 Edmond Town Hall Gym

<p><strong>Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation presents: Amazing Amphibians &amp; Radical Reptiles - Free Event – April 12th&nbsp;/ 4:00 – 5:00 pm&nbsp;at Edmond Town Hall gymnasium, 45 Main Street, Newtown</strong></p><p>Amphibians and reptiles might seem similar but these two distinct species have striking differences. From their skin and texture, to their environment and habits, you’ll be amazed at how these animals adapt in the natural world. Together, we’ll learn how to listen and identify our native amphibians by their calls, discover some really radical reptiles, and explore what makes these creatures so unique! Meet an African bullfrog, Tiger salamander, and White’s Tree Frog, distant cousins to our native amphibians here in CT.</p><p>Register <a href="https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?id=194&amp;name=E172119" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br></p>

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Great Balls of Fire! Go See ACT of CT's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and be ROCKED!

<p>Tickets for ACT of CT’s production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are selling faster than you can say “blue suede shoes”!&nbsp;And... a picture is worth a thousand words, right? <strong>Just look at this one!</strong></p><p>ACT of CT's enthusiastic theater-goers flooded social media after last night’s show with rave reviews:</p><p>“Awesome show!”</p><p>“Best show EVER!!”</p><p>“Have tickets for tonight and CAN’T WAIT!”</p><p>“Wonderful show!!”</p><p>Step inside the small, time-worn recording venue owned by Sam Phillips [Bart Shatto]. Here, in the iconic Sun Studios in Memphis on December 4, 1956, four musicians dubbed The Million Dollar Quartet serendipitously converged for an unforgettable impromptu jam session.</p><p>Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine brought in his longtime friend Hunter Foster to direct MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. A Broadway veteran who has both performed in and directed the show seventeen times, Foster's expertise shines in bringing each unique character to life.</p><p>The stellar cast includes Alessandro Viviano embodying the earnest and sultry Elvis Presley, flamboyant pianist Nat Zegree (in his ACT of CT debut) as the unstoppable and unforgettable Jerry Lee Lewis, guitar maven Christopher Wren as Carl Perkins, the soulful Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash (and he KILLS IT singing “Walk the Line”),&nbsp;Bart Shatto as Sam Phillips, and the captivating Megan Reinking as Dyanne, Elvis's girlfriend.</p><p>For the first time in ACT of CT history, there is <em>no orchestra </em>backing up the cast. Each actor is also an <em>insanely talented musician </em>who personifies their character with deft and authenticity! This extraordinary ensemble gets the audience on their feet, singing, dancing, and cheering!</p><p>So, if you're ready to be transported back in time and experience the magic of rock and roll history, put on your blue suede shoes and head to ACT of CT for a performance that will rock your world. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is a show not to be missed, a true celebration of music and the legends who created it.</p><p>As Sam Phillips once said of rock 'n' roll, “This is where the soul of a man never dies.” Great balls of FIRE! Go see MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET! Visit<a href="https://www.actofct.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> https://www.actofct.org/</a></p><p><br></p>

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Newtown High School brings URINETOWN to the stage March 14 -17, 2024

<p><strong>Newtown High School Drama Spring Musical URINETOWN on stage March 14 -17, 2024</strong></p><p><strong>THU MAR 14, 2024 AT 7:00 PM</strong></p><p><strong>FRI MAR 15, 2024 AT 7:00 PM</strong></p><p><strong>SAT MAR 16, 2024 AT 2:00 PM</strong></p><p><strong>SAT MAR 16, 2024 AT 7:00 PM</strong></p><p><strong>SUN MAR 17, 2024 AT 2:00 PM</strong></p><p><strong>Purchase tickets </strong><a href="https://nhsc.booktix.net/cart.php?action=show_pers&amp;show_id=14&amp;show_sec=7dcf843452c1db76" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a></p>

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FREE Movies in March at Edmond Town Hall: The Boy and the Heron March 1-3

<p>Thanks to Ingersoll Auto, Edmond Town Hall will show The Boy and the Heron (PG 13) on the big screen Friday through Sunday, March 1-3 at 1:30 and 7 pm each day.</p><p>Check Edmond Town Hall's website <a href="https://www.edmondtownhall.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.edmondtownhall.org/</a> for another FREE March movie lineup ("Wish" rated PG) March 13-15 and "All of Us Strangers" (R) March 21-23. </p>

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ACT of CT will rock your world! MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is Epic!

<p><em>Editor’s note: when you didn’t think ACT of CT could surpass the benchmark of theatrical brilliance, they have done it again. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is pure GOLD. We recently attended a "Sneak Peek" of the upcoming performance with a group of ACT supporters. ** Please note that the image you see here is from ACT’s tech rehearsal. </em></p><p>Take a journey back in time to experience an impromptu event that brought together the founders of rock and roll and paved the way for music as we know it today.&nbsp;</p><p>ACT of CT is allowing you to witness an actual event that took place inside Sun Studios in Memphis on December 4, 1956. The small time-worn recording venue, owned by Sam Phillips [Bart Shatto] became hallowed ground when a jam session featuring Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash changed the course of music forever.</p><p>MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET takes the stage at ACT of CT from February 21 through March 17. Get your tickets to ACT of Connecticut’s MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at<a href="https://www.actofct.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> </a><a href="https://www.actofct.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.actofct.org/</a>.</p><p>What makes this particular production so powerful is that each member of the production has such a deep reverence for the music itself. The cast is not only talented but <em>obsessed</em> with infusing each performance with authenticity. During Scott Moreau [Johnny Cash] exemplified this passion when he shared with Sneak Peek attendees his profound admiration for Johnny Cash, recounting how his dedication to portraying Cash led him to connect with Cash’s relatives and bandmates. The brilliantly talented cast features Alessandro Viviano as Elvis Presley, Nat Zegree as Jerry Lee Lewis, Christopher Wren as Carl Perkins, Bart Shatto as Sam Phillips, and Megan Reinking as Dyanne.</p><p>ACT's Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine enlisted the expertise of his longtime friend Hunter Foster to direct MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. A veteran of Broadway, Foster was in the original Broadway production of the show, and has subsequently directed the show over a dozen times. His wealth of experience is evident in his ability to bring each unique character to life. Foster's excitement about directing MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at ACT's intimate venue is palpable; he succeeds in connecting the audience to the essence of how these icons felt in that tiny Memphis studio.</p><p>Unlike other ACT of CT productions, there is no orchestra backing up the cast for this production - it is the actors who also comprise the band -&nbsp;making casting this show a challenge. “There are no other musicians aside from what you see on stage,” says Levine. “You need to not only cast extraordinary actors that can portray these legendary characters, but they have to be able to play instruments.”</p><p>The music of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET evokes a sense of nostalgia, transporting listeners back to their youth. Foster recounted a tear-jerking moment. Most audience members cannot help but tap their feet and start to move when the music starts. But one night, Foster recalls an elderly woman using a walker who came to a production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. After being helped to her seat, this theater-goer was quickly transported back in time to a glorious moment in her youth. She rose from her seat, grabbed her walker, moved into the aisle, and began to dance.</p><p><strong>Don’t miss this EPIC production! Slip on your blue suede shoes! Get your tickets to MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at</strong><a href="https://www.actofct.org/million-dollar-quartet" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong> https://www.actofct.org/million-dollar-quartet</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p>

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Flanders Opens Sugar House for Maple Syrup-Making Demonstrations

<p>Flanders is excited to announce the opening of the Sugar House for the public to come experience the maple syrup-making process on the following Saturdays, February 24, and March 2, 9, and on the following Sundays, Feb. 25, March 3, and 10 between 1 and 4 PM. Flanders staff and volunteers will demonstrate turning sap into syrup with an entertaining mix of science, stories, and humor. he entire family will be fascinated by the maple sugar-making process. There is a $5/ person donation suggested which will go to support Flanders's future maple sugar programming. The demonstrations will take place at the Flanders Sugar House located at 48 Church Hill Road in Woodbury.</p><p>Interested parties can reserve their time slot to visit the Sugar House by registering online on the Flanders website <a href="https://flandersnaturecenter.org/program-events" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://flandersnaturecenter.org/program-events/</a> or by calling the office at 203-263-3711, ext. 12.&nbsp;</p>

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